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Comment Correction (Score 1) 60

The story says " allowed an attacker to steal 370,000 Zerocoin, which is about $592,000 at today's price". I seriously doubt 370,000 Zerocoins is worth anywhere near $592k now that the news is out and trading has been suspended. If you can't spend it, it's worth is zero, which kind of makes sense for something named Zerocoin. The name should have been warning enough.


RSA Conference Attendees Get Hacked (esecurityplanet.com) 52

The RSA Conference "is perhaps the world's largest security event, but that doesn't mean that it's necessarily a secure event," reports eSecurityPlanet. Scanning the conference floor revealed rogue access points posing as known and trusted networks, according to security testing vendor Pwnie Express. storagedude writes: What's worse, several attendees fell for these dummy Wi-Fi services that spoof well-known brands like Starbucks. The company also found a number of access points using outdated WEP encryption. So much for security pros...
At least two people stayed connected to a rogue network for more than a day, according to the article, and Pownie Express is reminding these security pros that connecting to a rogue network means "the attacker has full control of all information going into and out of the device, and can deploy various tools to modify or monitor the victim's communication."

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 3

That 3000 pages is based on 5% coverage, one side only, so divide by half, for 1,500 pages. If you pay $50 a cart, that's 3-1/3 cents a sheet. Also, the character print density at that rate isn't great - you may need to increase it, giving about 5 cents a sheet. It will also vary depending on the font size, style, etc., but ignoring that, a 200 page book would be 100 sheets, or $3.33 for ink, which isn't bad. Throw in $7-8 bucks for 500 sheets of decent paper, that brings the cost per book to ~$5, plus cover and binding. You can do the binding and cover yourself for less than $5 a book so it still makes sense for a limited run, but in the end it's still an inkjet.

Now if instead of 8-1/2 x 11, you print 8-1/2 x 14, 2 pages per side, you get pages that measure 8-1/2" h x 7" w, which is a more pleasing format, or you can cut it down to 6" wide or less to get a more pleasing aspect ratio (though the extra wide margins are "classy" when the reader wants to make marginal notes, or you want to include call-outs that project into the margins). Plus, with the pages folded, you can sew your book pages together, making them much more durable. Your 200 page book then becomes 50 sheets, and you can make this from 10 signatures of 5 sheets (20 pages) each. Of course, you'll need to find someone with a professional printer's guillotine to trim the edges so that the finished product has a nice look (or a belt sander and large vise to hold everything in place, but you'll probably end up scrapping everything this way, at least the first few times, so practice on unprinted "books" first).

... or ...

Just distribute it as a free epub, and include a link for people who want to donate towards the next book - with donations to receive a thank you acknowledgement in the next book. "This book has been made possible by donations from $LIST_OF_PEOPLE".

Submission + - Techdirt asks judge to throw out suit over "Inventor of E-mail" (arstechnica.com)

walterbyrd writes: Michael Masnick, who founded the popular Techdirt blog, filed a motion today asking for a defamation lawsuit against him to be thrown out. Masnick was sued last month by Shiva Ayyadurai, a scientist and entrepreneur who claims to have invented e-mail in 1978 at a medical college in New Jersey.

In his motion, Masnick claims that Ayyadurai "is seeking to use the muzzle of a defamation action to silence those who question his claim to historical fame."

Submission + - SAP "named-user" license fees are due even for indirect users, court says (networkworld.com)

ahbond writes: Beverage firm Diageo could be on the hook for an additional £55 million in license fees because it gave Salesforce users access to data held in an SAP system. SAP's named-user licensing fees apply even to related applications that only offer users indirect visibility of SAP data, a U.K. judge ruled Thursday in a case pitting SAP against Diageo, the alcoholic beverage giant behind Smirnoff vodka and Guinness beer.

The consequences could be far-reaching for businesses that have integrated their customer-facing systems with an SAP database, potentially leaving them liable for license fees for every customer that accesses their online store.

"Business are signing up to an open-ended direct debit which they can't withdraw from. It's really not surprising that many are now choosing the certainty and low cost of Google and Amazon Web Services"

Classic Games (Games)

MAME Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary (mame.net) 46

After years of work, a fan has finally completed a MAME version of Atari's unreleased game Primal Rage II this week, one more example of the emulator preserving digital history. Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes MAME.net: Way back in 1997, Nicola Salmoria merged a few stand-alone arcade machine emulators into the first Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. Could he have possibly imagined the significance of what he'd built? Over the past two decades, MAME has brought together over a thousand contributors to build a system that emulates more machines than any other program.

But MAME is more than that: MAME represents the idea that our digital heritage is important and should be preserved for future generations. MAME strives to accurately represent original systems, allowing unmodified software to run as intended. Today, MAME documents over thirty thousand systems, and usably emulates over ten thousand. MAME meets the definitions of Open Source and Free Software, and works with Windows, macOS, Linux and BSD running on any CPU from x86-64 to ARM to IBM zSeries.

A 20th-anniversary blog post thanked MAME's 1,600 contributors -- more than triple the number after its 10th anniversary -- and also thanks MAME's uncredited contributors. "if you've filed a bug report, distributed binaries, run a community site, or just put in a good word for MAME, we appreciate it." I've seen MAME resurrect everything from a rare East German arcade game to a Sonic the Hedgehog popcorn machine. Anybody else have a favorite MAME experience to share?

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 356

You're either stupid or naive if you think that encryption protects your data. Encryption on a compromised device (and what device hasn't been compromised) is worth less than toilet paper. And that doesn't even account for the recipient either being compromised or sharing it, either voluntarily or by force. Smart people assume that ANYTHING that you put into electronic form for transmission over the net might as well be public.

As just one example where paper is better than electronic data, consider cash. Cash is still king. Try making a purchase electronically without a net connection. Try making a purchase electronically if the bank thinks it's a suspicious transaction and locks your account. Try making a purchase electronically if you lose your phone or the battery dies (or explodes).

It's also easier to forge faxes, emails, pdfs, etc. to "document" a fake sale. Paper, you still need the original signatures (photocopies are not accepted unless both sides agree, and only a fool would agree to such a stipulation). Paper is also easier to file with registry offices and you can leave a notarized paper trail. E-records are not there yet, and probably never will be, because anything electronic can be faked.

Submission + - A Source Code Typo Allowed an Attacker to Steal 370,000 Zerocoin ($592,000) (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A typo in the Zerocoin source code allowed an attacker to steal 370,000 Zerocoin, which is about $592,000 at today's price. According to the Zcoin team, one extra character left inside Zerocoin's source code was the cause of the bug. The hacker exploited the bugs for weeks, by initiating a transaction and receiving the money many times over.

According to the Zcoin team, the attacker (or attackers) was very sophisticated and took great care to hide his tracks. They say the attacker created numerous accounts at Zerocoin exchanges and spread transactions across several weeks so that traders wouldn't notice the uneven transactions volume. The Zcoin team says they worked with various exchanges to attempt and identify the attacker but to no avail.

Out of the 370,000 Zerocoin he stole, the attacker has already sold 350,000. The Zcoin team estimates the attacker made a net profit of 410 Bitcoin ($437,000).

Comment Re:Not alone (Score 2) 117

"English is a language that lurks in dark alleys, beats up other languages and rifles through their pockets for spare vocabulary."

--attributed to James D. Nicoll

The original, complete quote appears to be:

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."

Comment Re:ads on youtube (Score 1) 148

Wait, there are adverts on youtube?

Bingo. Since installing Adblock I haven't seen a single one. Particularly nice on those 20- or 30-minute videos where they cram an ad in every 2 or 3 minutes. I used to HATE that, now I just laugh as the progress button just moves right past the little yellow "here's an ad" line without a hiccup.

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